Vol. II No. 42 - Saturday October 18 - October 24, 2003
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Chiang Mai welcomes Indian Prime Minister

PIndian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was in Chiang Mai last week at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. High-level contacts between India and Thailand were said to have reached a critical point with the visit. Upon his arrival, the Indian PM received a warm welcoming ceremony organized by the Chiang Mai provincial authorities at Chiang Mai International Airport.

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Sudarat to ban alcohol advertisements in the media


Veterinary Public Health gets boost

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University (FVM/CMU) announced their new Masters degree in veterinary public health as a joint degree program between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany and the Chiang Mai University in Thailand. It is partly funded by the European Union (EU) with the concept that it will help improve food safety throughout Southeast Asia.

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Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee

Maejo University set up many activities to celebrate HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana’s 80th birthday this year. These included a Half Marathon (21.1 km.), Mini Marathon (10.9 km.) and Walk-Run For Health (4 km.).

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IMF suggestion on inflation brushed aside

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) and the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) have brushed aside a suggestion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the country raise the target inflation rate from zero to prevent possible deflation.

Previously, the IMF had projected the Thai economy would continue to grow this year. However, it said the government should closely supervise the economic development since the financial and business sectors remained engulfed with non-performing loans.

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Keeping the MICE flowing back

Even while MICE delegates flood back to Asia driven by the simple need to make up for lost time and business, the region still has a perception issue to deal with. At a panel discussion entitled “Facing the MICE Challenge”, the panelists said the corporate meetings are back in full force but incentive groups would take a few more years to recover.

Gruppo Italpromo general manager, Antonio Acunzo, said, “After 9-11 the perceived safe places were South-east Asia, South America and continental Europe. Then came the Bali bombing and SARS and in three months the map changed.”

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